What is Metaethics?

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Evaluating these questions takes us into the world of Metaethics, a branch of ethics focused on three areas:

The origin of ethics.

Do ethical principles have an objective foundation or basis on human convention? Since ethics is not a physical truth such as a rock, is it a transcendent truth from god or man? Is it a social invention or expression of individual emotion?

The standard by which ethics is determined.

What does the term "good" mean? How does one describe a transcendent truth in a manner that can be logically accepted as a prescription for ethical behavior?

The psychological motive for ethical behavior.

What motivates humans to be moral? What is wisdom? Are motives rational or merely emotional? How does selfishness, pleasure, and altruism fit in?

Series: Why be Moral?
Examining the Origin of Morality

Series: Why be Moral?
Objective or Subjective

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